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2012 NCAA Women's Bracket: Notre Dame, UConn Advance To Elite Eight

The Penn State Nittany Lions were knocked out of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament on Sunday, but there were four other Sweet 16 games which helped shaped the remainder of the Elite Eight. Te results of these games means that the Regional Final will feature the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in every region.

Penn State went up against one of the best teams in the Nation in the University of Connecticut, and were held pretty much in check from the opening whistle. The Nittany Lions shot just 36.1 percent while scoring 59. Unfortunately, UConn scored a fair bit more. 77-59 Huskies, who move on to play ...

The No. 2 team in the Kingston bracket, the Kentucky Wildcats. On paper they appeared to have a pretty favorable matchup in No. 11 seed Gonzaga, but and that's how the game pretty much went. The Wildcats outscored the Zags by 15 in the first half, and rode that lead to pretty comfortable 79-62 win.

The most compelling on Sunday was No. 3 seed Texas A&M and No. 2 seed Maryland Terrapins. The Terps trailed by as much as 18 points before ACC POY Alyssa Thomas led them all the way back. Texas A&M also led by 11 in the second half, but the Terps went on the run all the way to a 81-74 win. They will face ...

Notre Dame, the day's most comfortable winner. The No. 1 seed Irish held No. 5 seed St. Bonaventure to just 13 points in the first half, then just 22 in the second half. The final score of 79-35 shows just how impressive their defense can be.

Follow Penn State's tournament run in this StoryStream. For more Nittany Lions coverage, visit Black Shoe Diaries. Keep track of college basketball from all over the country with SB Nation's NCAA hoops hub. Click here for a complete bracket and list of matchups.

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